Julie Rrap /   Julie Parr

Australia 1950

Installation, Sculpture, Performance Art, Photography, Painting


Julie Rrap
Julie Parr
November 12, 2015
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In the last forty years or so, any list of Australian most important artists would be insignificant if Julie Rrap wasn’t included in it. As a contemporary painter, photographer, sculptor, installation and video artist based in Sydney, she has been engaged in an on-going project concerned with the representation of the body – most frequently it is her own, and sometimes it’s a suggested body. It seems like a very classical subject, but it has allowed her to channel history through differing philosophical and theoretical positions. Throughout her career, Rrap has managed to draw attention to the male/female dichotomy that relegates the reproductive female body to the domestic sphere and the masculine mind to that of cultural production. Rather than erasing the boundary that defines this dichotomy, she smudged it.

Rrap is an Australian self portrait photography and video artist with work in Sydney gallery, Australia
Julie Rrap – Eiko, 2000 (Left) / Tippi, 2000 (Right) – images from A-R-Mour series

Julie Rrap Art

“The boundary of reproductive/productive, female/male enjoys a precarious existence at best: a quivering boundary that is visibly in a state of disappearance. The bodies of men and women are encouraged to inhabit space in a different way, the male body inserts itself into Rrap’s female form whilst at the same time inserting itself into the history that privileges the male gaze and the production of culture.”[1] A photographer, sculptor, painter, installation and video artist, Rrap is an extremely versatile and creative individual whose full attention was given to the notion of the female body within western art history. Over a 40-year period, she’s been pushing this interest, further exploring it through a variety of media. Among those media, photography was always in particular focus since it has the ability to bridge fine art and popular imagery, allowing the artwork to dialogue with broader concerns about the body. Deeply rooted in feminism and often depicting bodily mutations and visual transformations, the work of Julie Rrap is direct and disturbing, addressing the impossible standards of beauty imposed specifically to the females. Here lies Rrap’s bravery – while many of her contemporaries had no problems in using self-portraiture to explore issues of identity, gender, and the (male) gaze, they have almost all stopped upon reaching a certain age. Thirty years since her first works, Rrap is still at it.[2]

Rrap’s exhibitions and projects are very popular, and her work is featured in every important art collection in the world

Julie Rrap contemporary photography and sculpture appear in exhibition throughout sydney musem, austalia
Julie Rrap – Body Double, 2007 – installation view at Auckland Triennale 2007 (Left) / Bust(ed), 2008 (Right)

Biography of Julie Rrap

Julie Parr, which is Rrap’s birth name, was born in Lismore, New South Wales. Her family relocated to Nerang, a small town in the Hinterlands off the Gold Coast, Queensland, where she grew up with her brother, an acclaimed performance artist Mike Parr, with whom she often collaborates. In 1976, she married a painter Bill Brown and moved to Europe, living in Belgium and France between 1986 and 1994. This opportunity to broaden her horizons grounded her work in a more international context and she exhibited in Belgium, Switzerland, France, Holland, Germany, and Italy. In 1994, she has returned to Australia and has been living there ever since.

Julie Rrap lives and works in Sydney.


  1. Parr A. Unwrapping the Leftovers of Desire, julierrap.com [November 10,2016]
  2. Clement T. Julie Rrap: She’s Back, The Art Life [November 10,2016]

Featured image: Julie Rrap with her work – photo credits Peter Weaving, courtesy of Bendigo Advertiser
All other images courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Julie Rrap - Remaking The WorldRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, NSWSolo
2016Light Moves: Contemporary Australian Video ArtCairns Regional Gallery, Cairns, QLDGoup
2015Julie Rrap. Remaking the WorldThe Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, VICSolo
2015Remain in Light: Photography from the Museum of Contemporary Art collectionHawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor NSWGoup
2015Remain in Light: Photography from the Museum of Contemporary Art collectionArtspace Mackay, Mackay, QLDGoup
2015Colour my worldNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACTGoup
2015Remain in Light: Photography from the Museum of Contemporary Art collectionBendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, VICGoup
2015Mind ShadowsArc One Gallery, Melbourne, VICGoup
2014Rrapture: Julie RrapNewcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle, NSWSolo
2014BiometricNew Media Gallery, New Westminster, BCGoup
2014Remain in Light: Photography from the Museum of Contemporary Art collectionMaitland Regional Art Gallery - MRAG, Canberra, ACTGoup
2014Feminism: early feminist photography in AustraliaMGA - Monash Gallery of Art, Wheelers Hill, VictoriaGoup
2014Light moves. Contemporary Australian Video ArtNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACTGoup
2014Remain in Light: Photography from the Museum of Contemporary Art collectionIpswich Regional Art Gallery, IpswichGoup
2014A World ApartArc One Gallery, Melbourne, VICGoup
2013theatre du mondeLa Maison Rouge, ParisGoup
2013Signal 8 Summer ExhibitionThe Cat Street Gallery, Hong KongGoup
2012LoadedRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, SydneySolo
2012Light Sensitive Material: Works From the Verghis CollectionLismore Regional Gallery, LismoreGoup
2012Volume 1MCA, SydneyGoup
2012Theatre of the WorldMONA, HobartGoup
2012SexesPerformance Space, SydneyGoup
2012Bowness PrizeMGA, MelbourneGoup
2012Blake PrizeS.H. Irving Gallery, SydneyGoup
2012Collection exhibitionAGNSW, SydneyGoup
2012Light Sensitive Material: Works from the Verghis CollectionLismore Regional Gallery, LismoreGoup
2012EncountersGlen Eira City Council Gallery, MelbourneGoup
2012Signal 8: StormThe Cat Street Gallery, Hong KongGoup
2012Double VisionMcClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Langwarrin, VictoriaGoup
2012Forever Young: 30 Years of the Heide CollectionHeide Museum of Modern Art, MelbourneGoup
2011Julie Rrap: Off BalanceLismore Regional Gallery, Lismore, NSWSolo
2011JourneysPlimsoll Gallery, Centre for the Arts, HobartGoup
2011Destiny Deacon, Fiona Hall, Bill Henson, Tracey Moffatt, TV Moore, Julie Rrap, Anne ZahalkaRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, SydneyGoup
2011Jakarta BiennaleJakartaGoup
2011The Naked Face: Self-PortraitsThe Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, MelbourneGoup
2011Redlands Westpac Art PrizeMosman Art Gallery, SydneyGoup
2011Redheads and Other Power Chicks & Men Who SewDeloitte Foundation New Australian Art Exhibition series, SydneyGoup
2010360 Self-PortraitRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, SydneySolo
2010OuterSpaceArc One Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2010Snapshot: Contemporary Photography from the La Trobe University Art CollectionLa Trobe University Art MuseumGoup
2010Selected works from the Love CollectionCasuala Powerhouse, SydneyGoup
2010The TricksterGyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, KoreaGoup
2010University of Queensland National Artists' Self-Portrait prizeUQ Art Museum, BrisbaneGoup
2009Escape Artist: CastawayRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, SydneySolo
2009Reframing Darwin: evolution and art in AustraliaIan Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, MelbourneGoup
2009Clemenger Contemporary Art AwardNational Gallery of Victoria, MelbourneGoup
2009Janet Laurence, Julie Rrap, Guan WeiArc 1 Gallery, MelbourneGoup
2009The Woollahra Small Sculpture prize 2009Woollahra Council Chambers, SydneyGoup
2009Lucky TownRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, SydneyGoup
2009Revolutions - Forms That Turn, Biennale of SydneySydneyGoup
2008Artist Makes Video, Art Rage Survey 1994-1998Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, BrisbaneGoup
2008Turbulence: the 3rd Auckland TriennialAuckland, New ZealandGoup
2008science as art projectGarvan Institute, Sydney Goup
2008Glimpse: Inside Gold Coast City Art Gallery's CollectionGold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise, QLDGoup
2007Body DoubleMuseum of Contemporary Art, SydneySolo
2007EmbodiedNewcastle Region Art Gallery, NewcastleSolo
2006Fall OutRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney Gallery, Victoria, AustraliaSolo
2006People's ChoiceWollongong City GalleryGoup
2006Girls Girls Girls: Images of Femininity from the Banyule Art CollectionBendigo ArtGoup
2005Soft TargetsARC One gallery, Melbourne, AustraliaSolo
2005The Broadway CafeChippendale, SydneyGoup
2005Bones of the Skin; the denaturalisation of the bodyBreadbox Gallery, Northbridge, WA, AustraliaGoup
2004Soft TargetsRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, SydneySolo
2004The Dead Travel Slow, collaboration with George Alexander, Maria Cruz, Zina Kaye, Jacky Redgate and Cathy VoganArtspace, SydneyGoup
2004Penumbra: Images of Light and DarknessMcClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Langwarrin, VictoriaGoup
20042004: Australian Culture NowAustralian Centre for the Moving Image and The Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria Australia, MelbourneGoup
2004Julie Rrap, Jacky Redgate, Rose Farrell and George Parkin: Constructed Photographs from the EightiesArc 1 at Span, MelbourneGoup
2004Strike a PoseLake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie, New South WalesGoup
2004Shang-ri LaArtspace, SydneyGoup
2003FleshtonesArc One at Span, MelbourneSolo
2003FleshtonesVisible Art Foundation, installation at Republic Tower, MelbourneSolo
2003Pearl Jon, from the series Flesh StonesRepublic Building billboard project, Visible Art Foundation, MelbourneSolo
2003Citigroup Private Bank Australian Photographic Portrait PrizeArt Gallery of New South Wales, SydneyGoup
2003ParthenogenesisIvan Dougherty Gallery, SydneyGoup
2003National Sculpture Prize 2003National Gallery of Australia, CanberraGoup
2003Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968 - 2002National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square, MelbourneGoup
2003Love at First Sight: Self-made WomenCentre for Contemporary Photography, MelbourneGoup
2002Fleshed OutRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, SydneySolo
20022nd Sight Australian Photography in the National Gallery of VictoriaNational Gallery of Victoria, MelbourneGoup
2002PetgreenBLOCK, SydneyGoup
2002Other Views: an exhibition from the Griffith University Art CollectionGriffith University, Nathan, QueenslandGoup
2002Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award 02MelbourneGoup
2002FigureThe Plimsoll Gallery, Centre for the Arts, Hobart, TasmaniaGoup
2001Hermanns Art AwardSherman Galleries Hargrave, SydneyGoup
2001sometimes bed is not an optionRoche Contemporary Art Prize, PCL Exhibitionists Art Gallery, SydneyGoup
2000A-R-MOURRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, SydneySolo
2000Itch!Robert Lindsay Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2000TriggeredFirst Draft, SydneyGoup
1999Porous BodiesRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, SydneySolo
1999Silver: 25th Anniversary ExhibitionIvan Dougherty Gallery, SydneyGoup
1999Four Ways Around a FrameAustralian Centre for Photography, SydneyGoup
1998Julie RrapC.I.A.P. Hassalt, BelgiumSolo
1998UltravioletGriffith University, BrisbaneGoup
1997Julie RrapRobert Lindsay Gallery, MelbourneSolo
1997Julie RrapRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, SydneySolo
1997Body.Art Gallery of New South Wales, SydneyGoup
1997Artists in the HouseElizabeth Bay House, SydneyGoup
1996Julie RrapBrisbane City Gallery, BrisbaneSolo
1996Julie RrapInstitute of Modern Art, BrisbaneSolo
1996Julie RrapSavode Gallery, BrisbaneSolo
1996Julie RrapRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, SydneySolo
1996Systems End: Contemporary Art in AustraliaThe Dong Ah Gallery, Seoul, Korea, Hakone Open Air Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, Oxy Gallery, Osaka, JapanGoup
1996The Power to MoveQueensland Art Gallery, BrisbaneGoup
1996Photography is Dead! Long Live Photography!Museum of Contemporary Art, SydneyGoup
1996Works on PaperRobert Lindsay Gallery, MelbourneGoup
1995Julie RrapAustralian Centre for Contemporary Art, MelbourneSolo
1995Julie RrapRobert Lindsay Gallery, MelbourneSolo
1995Benefactors ExhibitionArt Gallery of New South Wales, SydneyGoup
1995Women Artists from the CollectionArt Gallery of New South Wales, SydneyGoup
1994Julie RrapOpus Operandi Gallery, Ghent, Belgium Solo
1994Julie RrapArt Gallery of New South Wales, SydneySolo
1994PhotosynthesisRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, SydneyGoup
1994Persona CognitaHeide Museum of Contemporary Art, MelbourneGoup
1994Eidetic ExperiencesBrisbane Town Hall Gallery and travelling component, BrisbaneGoup
1993Julie RrapGalerie Eric Franck, Geneva, SwitzerlandSolo
1993Women's Photography from the CollectionMuseum of Contemporary Art, SydneyGoup
1993Biennale SelectionOrange Regional Gallery, OrangeGoup
1992Julie RrapEcole d'art de Rouen, Rouen, FranceSolo
1992Julie RrapPonte Pietra Arte Contemporanea, Verona, ItalySolo
1992The Boundary Rider - The Biennale of SydneySydneyGoup
1992Contemporary Australian Art to Korea, Strangers in ParadiseNational Museum of Seoul, Korea, Art Gallery of New South Wales, SydneyGoup
19924 PhotographersHassalt Contemporary Museum, Hassalt, BelgiumGoup
1991Julie RrapQueensland Art Gallery, BrisbaneSolo
1991Julie RrapWollongong City Gallery, WollongongSolo
1991Julie RrapCanberra Contemporary Art Space, CanberraSolo
1991Julie RrapMori Gallery, SydneySolo
1991Julie RrapGalerie Joost Declercq, Ghent, BelgiumSolo
1991Julie RrapTolarno Galleries, MelbourneSolo
1991Contemporary Australian PhotographyThe Art Gallery of Winsor, Winsor, CanadaGoup
19914 Belgium Artists from Galerie Joost De ClercqVan Krimpen Gallery, Amsterdam, The NetherlandsGoup
1991DissonanceArtspace and The Wharf Space, SydneyGoup
1990Julie RrapGalerie Joost Declercq, Ghent, BelgiumSolo
1990Contemporary Australian PhotographyPresentation House Gallery, Vancouver, Canada, House Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada, The Nickel Art Museum of the University of Calgary, Calgary, CanadaGoup
1990Fragmentation and Fabrication: Recent Australian PhotographyArt Gallery of South Australia, AdelaideGoup
1990Tempels, Zuilen, SokkelsC.C. de Werf, Aalst, BelgiumGoup
1989Julie RrapMori Gallery, SydneySolo
1989Australian Artists Exchange to FranceChapelle de La Salpetriere, Paris, France Goup
1989The Australian ShowWurttembergische Kunstverein, Stuttgart, GermanyGoup
1989I.C.I. Contemporary Art CollectionCity of Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, AustraliaGoup
1989DrawingsIvan Dougherty Gallery, SydneyGoup
1988Julie RrapEcole des Beaux Arts, Grenoble, FranceSolo
1988PerspectaArt Gallery of Western Australia, PerthGoup
1988The Australian ShowFrankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, GermanyGoup
1988Edge to Edge Australian Contemporary Art to JapanHokkaido Museum, Sapporo, JapanGoup
1988ElsewhereI.C.A. and Cambridge Darkroom, London, U.K.Goup
1988First Person Singular, Self-Portrait Photography 1840-1987High Museum, Atlanta, USAGoup
1988From the Southern Cross - Biennale of SydneyNational Gallery of Victoria, MelbourneGoup
1988Australian Photography of the 1980'sAustralian National Gallery, CanberraGoup
1988Field to Figuration, Australian Art 1960-1986National Gallery of Victoria, MelbourneGoup
1987Julie RrapMori Gallery, SydneySolo
1987Julie RrapMonash University Gallery, MelbourneSolo
1987Sighting ReferencesArt Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Artspace, Sydney, Monash University Gallery, Melbourne, National Gallery, Wellington, New ZealandGoup
1987Mori Gallery at United Artists GalleryUnited Artists Gallery, MelbourneGoup
1986Julie RrapMori Gallery, SydneySolo
1986Julie RrapArtspace Visual Art Centre, SydneySolo
1986Julie RrapAustralian Centre for Photography, SydneySolo
1986Origins, Originality and Beyond - Biennale of SydneyArt Gallery of New South Wales, SydneyGoup
1986Two x Two 86: Artists and Architecture ExhibitionGeorge Paton Gallery, MelbourneGoup
1986Body ImagesA.C.C.A., MelbourneGoup
1985Pleasure of the GazeArt Gallery of Western Australia, PerthGoup
1985Making Appearances - International Theatre FestivalCopenhagen, DenmarkGoup
1985Australian PerspectaArt Gallery of New South Wales, SydneyGoup
1985Invisible PursuitsArtspace, SydneyGoup
1985Recent Australian Photography from the Kodak FundAustralian National Gallery, CanberraGoup
1984Julie RrapThe Developed Image Gallery, Adelaide Festival, AdelaideSolo
1984Julie RrapGeorge Paton Gallery, MelbourneSolo
1984Julie RrapRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, SydneySolo
1984Julie RrapArtspace Visual Art Centre, SydneySolo
1984On SiteTasmanian School of Art Gallery, HobartGoup
1983Julie RrapRoslyn Oxley9 Gallery, SydneySolo
1983Australian PerspectaArt Gallery of New South Wales, SydneyGoup
1983A.U.S.T.R.A.L.I.A.Zona Gallery, Florence, ItalyGoup
1982Julie RrapI.C.A. Central Street, SydneySolo
1982Contemporary Colour PhotographyNewcastle Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle Goup